OKLAHOMA CITY — Several medical marijuana businesses in Oklahoma are asking a judge to block the state from enforcing laws they say could prevent some licensed cannabis businesses from continuing to operate.
The businesses are asking an Oklahoma County district court judge to block the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority from requiring cannabis business owners to be residents of the state for at least two years and mandating that dispensaries be located more than 1,000 feet from schools and preschools.
The laws, passed by Oklahoma’s Legislature in 2019, sought to clarify State Question 788, which legalized medical marijuana in the state. But some cannabis entrepreneurs say the laws are on the verge of putting them out of business.
The lawsuit alleges the legal changes and subsequent rules adopted by the OMMA left “hundreds, if not thousands” of licensed dispensaries within 1,000 feet of a school entrance. Similarly, the lawsuit alleges some licensed business owners, who moved here after the passage of SQ 788, have not been Oklahoma residents for two years, which means they could lose their business licenses.